There are 10 major types of diamonds that are commonly used for resale, and odds are, you are not aware of most of them unless you’ve already done some thorough research. There are some very well-known traditional shapes as well as some lesser known but equally elegant cuts. If you are not quite sure about what your fiancé’s tastes are, read on to learn about the basics of each:
1. The ‘Round’ Cut
The round cut is the most popular and common of the diamond shapes, making up around 75 percent of all diamond sales world wide. Due to its shape, it is generally more expensive than the “fancy” shapes, because of the way it reflects light. On average, round cuts may cost anywhere between 15 and 25 percent more than the other shapes and cuts.
2. The ‘Princess’ Cut
Princess cut diamonds are the most exquisite shape, especially for engagement rings. Created in 1980, princess shapes are close to being square with very similar lengths on all four sides but are slightly more rectangular. It is crucial that all four corners be protected by prongs, otherwise the diamond could easily be scratched or damaged. This is the closest diamond that is square cut to achieving the brilliance of the round cut.
3. The ‘Oval’ Cut
The oval diamond is a modified brilliant cut and similar to a round cut, and generally has similar fire and brilliance, but is an aesthetic modification to a round cut. This is usually a good option for someone who likes to basic look and structure to a round cut but wants something more unique.
4. The ‘Marquise’ Cut
The marquise diamond is also a modified brilliant cut, but more in the shape of an American football than an oval. Since they are designed to be long and narrow they can appear to be larger in size than some of the other shapes. If your fiancé is concerned about how large the ring appears to be overall, this may be a good option.
5. The ‘Pear’ Cut
Pear shaped diamonds are another modified brilliant cut designed as a combination of round and marquise. There are a variety of widths and lengths, and have the power to make a woman’s finger look long and slim.
6. The ‘Cushion’ Cut
The cushion cut diamond is a classic that has been around for over 200 years. The look is basically a square cut with round corners. They are generally less brilliant but offer more fire, which is part of the appeal.
7. The ‘Emerald’ Cut
The emerald cut is a very unique cut, and has three different major varieties. They do not have the brilliance of other shapes, but are like a house of mirrors. While it may be less sparkly and shiny it has an elegant look to it.
8. The ‘Asscher’ Cut
Asscher cuts are more of an old-fashioned cut, peaking in popularity in the early 1900s and around its 100th anniversary in 2002. It is similar to a square emerald cut with large step facets, a high crown, and small table. This typically results in a higher brilliance than emerald because of this cut.
9. The ‘Radiant’ Cut
The radiant cut is the first square cut that has a brilliant cut facet pattern which creates a very elegant look. It works as the in-between for princess and cushion cuts and come in a wide variety of shapes. This is an excellent option for someone who likes an emerald shape but wants a brilliant looking diamond like round shapes.
10. The ‘Heart’ Cut
Heart shaped diamonds offer a unique symbol of love that works for rings as well as other jewelry. It is critical that if you are interested in getting a heart shaped diamond that you make sure each halves are symmetrical. The smaller the overall size of the diamond the harder it is to distinguish its shape. If you are interested in this style, make sure it is large enough to see from a distance.
While it wouldn’t make or break your proposal, you should get a general idea of what your fiancé prefers as it will be a symbol that represents your relationship forever.